Ideas for a Photography Class

I’ve been teaching now for ten years. That’s crazy to think about. I believe in educating people, especially those that are really interested in learning. Photography is a pretty popular thing and there are plenty of people that are interested in learning it. I’ve been writing blog posts about equipment and techniques for the past few years, but I’m thinking that I might do something live and in person. With that, today I’m looking at ideas for a photography class.

Ideas for a Photography Class

In my 14 years or so of photography, I have shot a variety of different things, so I could teach about many different subjects. There are two things that would really control what I could teach. One, do I have enough experience in that area. I shoot a ton of weddings each year, but I don’t have a ton of experience with something like newborn photos. I wouldn’t want to teach something unless I felt extremely confident in my background knowledge and experience. Two, what are people interested in? What I think is fun might not be what other people are interested. I’d hate to put something together and have two people show up.

When I first got into photography I mainly focused on sports. I think this could be a popular topic. There are a lot of parents out there that want to be able to capture their children’s athletic moments. Sports photography can be one of those things that can come naturally to people that know a sport, but still, there are a lot of things that could make the photos turn out better.

The next area would be portraits. Our world is obsessed with portraits. Just look through Facebook and Instagram and all you will see are selfies and photos of people together.  I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people go out and take photos of their kids and the results just aren’t great. With some basic knowledge, people could capture some beautiful portraits.

I could also go into some more detailed areas. Wedding photography would make the most sense because it is my main business. People are interested in doing it for the money, but it is a extremely high pressure situation with a lot of things going on. I know I am still trying to learn new ways of doing things with weddings, so I bet a lot of people would be interested. Another specialized market would be for realtors. Having good photos of a house can be the difference between selling it or it sitting on the market.  Often, realtors pay a photographer to come out and take photos of the house. If they learned how to do it themselves, they could free up their schedule and save money.

The last idea would just a general photography class. I could talk about the basics of a camera and photography and different equipment. I think there are people out there that have a camera, but don’t use it because they don’t know where to begin. This wouldn’t be something really in depth, but it could be a good starter place for most people.

Alright, those are my ideas for a photography class. Who knows when I’ll get around to doing something like this. If you have any interest in a class or something you’d like to learn about, please let me know.

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